Before you ask, yes — people actually do this.
The CDC is urging people to stop washing and re-using condoms. Condoms are primarily used to prevent against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies as long as they are used properly.
However, they aren’t like a T-shirt or a pair of pants.
“We say it because people do it: Don’t wash or reuse #condoms! Use a fresh one for each #sex act,” the CDC tweeted.
“Incorrect use, such as reusing a condom or using more than one at a time, diminishes the protective effect of condoms by leading to condom breakage, slippage, or leakage,” Dr. Elizabeth Torrone, an epidemiologist at the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention, told BuzzFeed News. “Soap and water won’t kill all of the tiny microorganisms on or inside the condom, and it can only make the latex more prone to tear.”
Basically, the CDC wants you to be safe and not silly with your condom use. Whatever your reason for reuse may be, the CDC wants you to use condoms correctly so that you don’t put yourself or your partner at risk.
Condoms can be purchased at any drugstore or supermarket, online, and there are no age restrictions to purchase them.